3 Reasons to Get Involved with an Agricultural Organization

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The agricultural industry greatly affects and is greatly affected by many economic, political, and social aspects of society. As a farmer, this can often make you feel like the success of your business is out of your control. The truth is though, farmers are the best advocates out there who can make an impact in the industry that translates to the field. Joining a farmer’s group or agricultural organization opens a lot of doors for you to make a difference.

1) As a member of a farmer’s organization, you can make your voice heard.

Agricultural organizations are some of the most powerful lobby groups at local, state, and national levels alike. Joining one of these groups will give you a platform to voice your opinions and share your experiences with elected officials and their circles. Such grassroots organizations are the foundation for influencing policy and, ultimately, the trajectory of the industry.

2) Agricultural groups allow you to network with other industry professionals.

Another benefit to joining a farmer’s group is that it will be filled with other members who can offer different perspectives, valuable insights, and new resources to help you succeed. Essentially, you have a support group of like-minded professionals at your disposal. By networking with them, you can stay up to date on the latest industry developments, top products, new methodologies, and current market conditions.

3) Staying informed will help you run your farming business better.

As a member of an agricultural organization, you will constantly be aware of new industry issues, policies, and best business practices that can guide your operation. Staying informed about these developments allows you to better predict how your farming business will be impacted and prepare accordingly. Farmer’s groups also offer educational opportunities about running your farm via meetings, conventions, seminars, and programs.

At Waterfront Manufacturing, we recognize the importance of being involved and informed in the agricultural industry. How else would we be able to offer you premier products to make your irrigation, farming, or other agriculture operation as efficient as possible? From our leading Drip-Well pump lubrication system to ice prevention equipment, cell phone boosters, and more, we can set you up with the solutions you need.

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Celebrating Over 100 Years of Research from The Knorr-Holden Corn Plot

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A research project that continues to provide valuable data about its subject over a century after its inception is a rare treasure. Near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, the Knorr-Holden continuous corn plot is one of those unique experiments.

For almost 110 years, this single plot of land has served as a resource of information about the long-term development and impact of corn irrigation. It has been integral in the advancement of irrigation and farming techniques here in western Nebraska.

The Knorr-Holden Plot near Scottsbluff, NE, has been an invaluable research tool for area agriculturalists since 1912.

In 1910, the USDA and Nebraska Experiment Station established the Scottsbluff Experiment Substation. Eventually, the project became a part of the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Beginning in 1912, the first superintendent of the substation, Fritz Knorr, supervised a series of irrigated and dryland rotation experiments. Then in 1917, James Holden made it into a long-term project, hence the name of the plot. The rest of those experiments, aside from the continuous corn plots, ended in 1941.

The Scottsbluff experiments began as a way to facilitate research and provide information about irrigation farming techniques to Nebraska farmers.

Area settlers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries soon realized after arriving that the lack of rainfall in the Nebraska Panhandle meant irrigation would be crucial to crop success. The plots near Scottsbluff were developed to help these settling farmers learn how to implement different irrigation techniques and about the effects of those methods on the crops and soil.

As the oldest irrigated corn research plot in the world, the Knorr-Holden Plot has provided unique and valuable information about the long-term effects of fertilizers and irrigation on crops.

With nearly 110 years’ worth of data, the plot has offered insights about various agricultural production principles that would otherwise not be possible to determine. These insights include information about the environmental sustainability and ecological effects of long-term corn irrigation, as well as the role of fertilization and other advancing production technologies in improving corn yield. These ongoing collected findings have been presented at many national meetings and published in many scientific journals over the years.

Just like the Knorr-Holden Plot researchers, L&M Manufacturing is dedicated to providing resources for the long-term success of farmers in Nebraska and around the country. Head over to our website to learn more about the various farming and irrigation products we offer to improve your crop yield and make your job easier.

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What Are the Most Common Types of Farm Injuries?

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Almost every job you can think of comes with some risk of injury. A retail manager could slip and fall on a wet floor. Working a desk job can lead to chronic back pain and carpal tunnel. But of course, some jobs are more dangerous than others. As far as dangerous professions go, farming comes in toward the top.

The CDC estimates that about 100 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work-time injury each day. Fortunately, as a farmer, there are measures you can take to protect yourself. One is being educated about the most common types of injuries on the farm, so you can be alert to them. Let’s go over them below!

Tractor Rollovers

Tractor rollovers have been the leading cause of work-related deaths and injuries in farming for many years—causing, on average about 130 deaths per year. Tractors and other heavy machinery can become unbalanced on uneven ground, with heavy loads, or due to poor maintenance, and tip over, taking the driver with it. Being crushed under the weight of the machine often results in serious injury or death.

Falls

A farmer’s duties often put them in precarious positions at great heights. Falling from these positions is an all-too-common occurrence. Trees, silos, barns, farm equipment, grain bins, and haymows are just a few of the places from which farmers are at risk of falling. You could get lucky with just a broken limb, but landing on your back, head, or neck can cause serious lifelong damage or death.

Machine Entanglements

There are so many complex moving parts and mechanisms in farm machinery and equipment, it’s not hard for a farmer to get caught in one and not realize until it’s too late. The result? Often loss of limbs, maiming/disfigurement, or death. This is why you should never be doing maintenance work on running machinery, and always remain alert when using your equipment.

Suffocation

It only takes a few minutes to asphyxiate if you become trapped in a grain bin or silo. Falling into a large supply of grain or just poor bin ventilation is a common cause of suffocation and death among farmers. But other enclosed farm buildings without proper ventilation can be just as dangerous, especially if they’re paired with gas from manure.

Along with being educated about the risks of farming, one of the other most important ways you can protect yourself from death or injury in the field is by using reliable, high-quality equipment. At L&M Manufacturing, all of our products are designed with the safety of farmers in mind and held to the highest quality standards. Much of our equipment can reduce your risk in the field by making your job easier and less intensive.

For more information about any of our agricultural products, browse our website or contact us today!

How Farmers Have Benefited from Smartphones

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When cellphones first became widely available, they were just a means to stay connected to each other on the go. Today, that’s just the beginning of what they’re used for. Modern cellphones, i.e., smartphones, are essentially computers you can fit in your pocket. We use them for not just communication, but also education, recreation, navigation, and so much more. As a result, smartphones have become an integral part of many industries—agriculture included.

In such a hands-on profession and rural setting, you may think that a smartphone doesn’t have much to offer your farming operation. But the truth is that smartphones are making a big difference in efficiency and productivity for farmers—and here’s how:

Knowledge Community

Online forums and smartphone apps make it easy for farmers across the world to share their knowledge and experience with each other. You can use your smartphone to learn about techniques for getting the most yield out of specific crops, helpful products and equipment, troubleshooting, and more. You can also share your insights with others.

Data Alerts

Most of your success in farming hinges on having the right data at the right time. Smartphones provide real-time alerts about important information you need to make decisions in the field. Get updates about rainfall, temperature, other expected weather conditions, equipment status, disease/pest outbreaks, crop reports, etc.

Market Access

Using mobile apps, farmers can access current commodity pricing information for their crops. This allows you to skip the middleman to connect with exporters/buyers and get the best possible price for your yields. You can also use this information to make informed decisions about which crops you want to plant for the most profits.

Financial Management

Ultimately, farming is a business. Smartphones are a useful business tool for farmers to help keep their operation running efficiently. Use your phone to track and organize financial information, more easily communicate with employees, buyers, and suppliers, calculate payroll, and perform other administrative tasks.

Your smartphone won’t be much use to you in the field if you can’t get a signal. Fortunately, L&M Manufacturing has just the thing to help—cellphone signal boosters! The powerful weBoost Signal Booster or Wilson boosters will find the signal from nearby cell service towers and amplify it, so you can stay in touch and up to date on the job.

For more information about our cellphone boosters or other mobile solutions, call 800-676-3747 today to speak with one of our experts!

Summer Safety for Farmers: How to Spot & Prevent Heat Illness in the Field

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As a farmer, job safety should always be your first priority. In the summer specifically, one of your top concerns should be preventing heat exhaustion and heatstroke. When your body starts to overheat and dehydrate, it can enter a state of heat exhaustion. If you’re in that state for too long, it can turn into heatstroke, which is a medical emergency.

Let’s take a look at the signs of heat illness, how you can treat it, and how you can avoid it.

What are the symptoms of heat-related illness?

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke produce similar symptoms, but there is some distinction between the two. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale/clammy skin
  • Fast pulse and/or breathing

If heat exhaustion progresses to heatstroke, you’ll begin to experience or see:

  • Chills
  • No sweating, despite hot temperature
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

What should I do if I have or see someone with these symptoms?

If you or someone you’re working with is showing symptoms of heat exhaustion, move to a cool place immediately. Drink plenty of water and remove extra clothing layers. Try to cool the skin with fans, air conditioning, and cool compresses.

If your symptoms point toward heatstroke, or you don’t feel better after 30 minutes of taking the steps above, call 911 immediately and continue trying to cool down.

How can I prevent heat illness when working in the field?

Fortunately, there are plenty of steps farmers can take to avoid heat exhaustion and heat illness on those hot and humid days in the field. They include:

  • Drink water constantly—one cup for every 15-30 minutes in the heat. Avoid alcoholic, sugary, and caffeinated drinks, which can dehydrate you further.
  • Take frequent breaks somewhere cool, such as your air-conditioned truck cab or inside a building. This would be a good time to have a snack or eat a meal to keep your energy and electrolytes up.
  • Dress in loose, light-colored clothing. Wear a hat and use sunblock for UV ray protection.
  • Try to plan tasks that require the most exertion for early in the morning or later in the evening, when the temperature is cooler.

Another thing you can do to prevent heat illness as a farmer is invest in equipment that will make your job easier and save you time out in the field. At L&M Manufacturing, we can provide you with reliable, quality products that do just that. Our Drip-Well system, for example, will keep your turbine pumps well-lubricated automatically, reducing the number of trips you have to make to the field.

Contact us today to learn more about the wide range of agricultural products and irrigation equipment we offer to help you!

The Importance of Irrigation Scheduling

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Farmers have to make decisions daily that can impact their crops, yield, and return for the entire season. These constant choices can become overwhelming, so it’s important to have a plan in place to streamline the decision-making process. That’s why when it comes to irrigating your crops, a schedule is key.

Irrigation scheduling is the process of determining when and how much water to apply to your crops. Before we had modern technology, this was done mostly by physically going out to the field and digging your fingers into the soil to see how moist or dry it was. Fortunately, today there are tools available to help you schedule irrigations more accurately.

Timing irrigation just right can be tricky.

Because you can never anticipate just how much rain or heat Mother Nature will provide, farmers have to take their best educated guess about when it’s time to water their fields and how much water is necessary. This can be challenging, because you don’t want to rely on rainfall and end up underwatering, or anticipate it incorrectly and end up overwatering. To make this constant call, you must monitor indicators like soil moisture, evaporation potential, weather and climate, and visible crop conditions.

Irrigation scheduling saves you time, money, and labor.

By planning ahead of time (as best as you can) to apply the exact amount of water necessary for crop growth, you maximize your irrigation efficiency. The advantages of increased irrigation efficiency are plentiful and tangible. They include:

  • Minimize water stress on crops for maximum yield
  • Less money spent on wasted water, labor, and fertilizer (as runoff is reduced)
  • Save time if you irrigate yourself
  • Improved soil quality, which improves crop quality and increases seasonal return

New technology has made irrigation scheduling easier for farmers.

Equipment automation, as well as greater data availability and access, have made irrigation scheduling efforts more accurate and, ultimately, more successful. Automatic irrigation systems play an important role in scheduling and overall efficiency, as they can be set to water when certain external conditions are met without the farmer having to estimate or track indicators.

Much of this equipment can also be scheduled or operated remotely from a smartphone or computer, making it easier for you to make and implement quick irrigation decisions. Many systems will even track data for you, allowing you to evaluate their efficiency and fine-tune your schedule even further.

Any farmer, irrigator, or agricultural professional looking to enhance their irrigation efficiency should be taking advantage of the Drip-Well system for their lubed turbine pumps. Drip-Well is a complete oiling system with automatic operation that will keep your pump well-lubricated at all times. This allows your irrigation pump to run reliably and efficiently with minimal worry or effort on your part.

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4 Ways COVID-19 Is Impacting the Agricultural Industry

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At this point, everyone in the world has felt the effects of the global pandemic that is currently underway. If you’re lucky, they’re just minor inconveniences, like not being able to find your usual brand at the grocery store or catch your favorite sports game at the local stadium. For some, the effects have been more severe, such as a lost job or sudden need for full-time childcare. One thing is for certain though—no one has been spared from the impact of COVID-19.

Because many farmers and agricultural workers are considered essential workers, they perhaps did not experience much change when the pandemic first began. Now, however, the impact of the coronavirus on the farming and agricultural community has become more prominent. Take a look at some of the major ramifications the industry finds itself facing.

1) Slowdowns in equipment manufacturing

A lot of farmers are beginning or have been finding for some time now that replacement parts for their essential farm equipment have been harder to obtain. The biggest problem with many of these parts is that they are shipped to the U.S. from other countries, such as Mexico and China, that are now facing border restrictions. Trouble sourcing components has also made it more difficult for some American manufacturers to produce the farming tools and equipment that require them.

Additionally, some companies are even still trying to catch up on the backlog of work from having to shut down operations at the beginning of the pandemic or losing workers for weeks due to contracting the illness.

2) Changes in food demand

Temporary business closures and social distancing have impacted different food markets in different ways. Farmers and agricultural companies who do the majority of their business supplying in bulk to businesses and organizations, for example, have suffered from a significant decrease in demand. The pandemic shut down or detrimentally slowed the food demand for schools, universities, restaurants, workplaces, and other institutions.

There has also been less demand for fresh foods, such as fruit and dairy, in favor of non-perishables. As a result, farmers who deal mainly with food retailers and packaged food manufacturers have seen their market remain steady, and perhaps even increase.

3) Health of the workforce

Along with the impacts of coronavirus on the industry as a whole come the effects of the disease on the farmers and other laborers themselves. A large portion of the farming community is aged 55+, putting them in a higher risk category in the event that they do contract coronavirus. While many farmers have and will continue to work through the pandemic as normal, some in the high-risk category (especially if they also have underlying health conditions) have been or are still forced to stay home. School closures have also kept a number of farmers with young children from the field.

It’s not just field labor that is being affected though. Many processing and packaging plants—particularly those of meat and poultry—have become hot spots for the spread of coronavirus, dwindling their labor pool or forcing them to close down completely.

4) Economic decline

Many farmers and other agricultural businesses were already struggling to grow and maintain their operations before the pandemic hit. Now that unemployment is up throughout the entire country, consumer spending is down. There’s also the concern about overseas markets, which have been slower and less lucrative as countries around the world take measures to protect their citizens from the virus.

The additional impact of the pandemic on an already unsteady industry will certainly push those who were struggling even further from economic recovery.

At L&M Manufacturing, we’re doing everything in our power to continue providing the quality agricultural, farming, and irrigation products the members of the agricultural community need to survive and thrive. We know that, as farmers, you’ll continue to work hard no matter what obstacles you may face, so our team and our equipment will do the same for you.

To learn more about the products we offer and how they can help your farm, give us a call at 800-676-3747 today!